Category Archives: Morals
The First Vatican Council pronounced that the pope, in or out of council, would be protected by God with the gift of infallibility whenever he should define a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. Matters of Faith can only involve religious propositions and the matter of those propositions are true or false judgments. A moral definition would involve a proposition that is right or wrong, rather than true or false. The difference between the two involves the end being sought. A doctrinal pronouncement defines a religious truth, which is the object of the intellect. A moral pronouncement defines a good, which is the object of the will. One could say that Faith engages intellectual belief, morals engage voluntary action.
A moral act is a human act performed with knowledge and free will. Every consciously deliberate action is a moral act, and each one is either morally good or morally evil. If it leads us to our final end, eternal salvation, it is a morally good act. If it takes us away from salvation, it is a morally evil act, a sin. Morals, therefore, pertain to human conduct.
Articles in this section treat of a wide variety of issues that, immediately, proximately, or remotely, deal with the morality of human acts, whether individually or as a society.
Carl Olson, Catholic World Report:Homosexual author Urvashi Vaid declared, “We have an agenda to create a society in which homosexuality is regarded as healthy, natural, and normal. To me that is the most important agenda item.” Paula Ettelbrick, former legal director of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, stated: “Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family, and . . . … More →
LifeSite News: A North Carolina Roman Catholic school is holding a meeting today to address the concerns of parents and students who say they are outraged about remarks a visiting nun made criticizing homosexuality, divorce, and sex outside of marriage during a recent speech. Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, who often speaks to high school and college-age students on matters of sexuality, gave an hour-long … More →
Would you like an effective weight-loss plan that actually forbids eating less and overcoming your sloth to exercise? So would many people. There isn’t one. Which brings us to HIV/AIDS… (Breitbart News) The Obama administration, along with the European Union and the Nordic countries, ganged up on poor African nations over the past two weeks at the United Nations, insisting that sexual fidelity and delaying … More →
There is a close parallel between the battle over the indissolubility of marriage now taking place in the Church and the contraception debacle of the late 1960s. Pope John XXIII started, and Pope Paul VI greatly expanded, the Papal Commission on Birth Control to examine the question of the probity of contraception in the wake of the invention of oral contraceptives. A false expectation was created, … More →
How often to we hear “human rights” invoked to justify immorality? “I got my rights, ya know!” is a frequent refrain in modern discourse — emanating more often from man’s concupiscible appetite than from his intellect. But we do have rights. Among those we have as Catholics, there is this infrequently invoked right enshrined in Canon Law: The Christian faithful have the right to receive … More →
Rorate Caeli: Regarding the wild proposals of Cardinal Kasper made before the last Consistory of Cardinals regarding legitimizing by way of Eucharistic communion the “remarriage” of divorced couples (we could call the Kasper Doctrine of “mariages sauvages“), Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna, had the firmest possible words in an interview to Matteo Matzuzzi published this Saturday in Il Foglio: [Regarding Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal on the possibility of readmitting to … More →
It’s a very serious sin, period. Just say so and do your priestly job with straight talk. This kind of dissimulation is nauseating and scandalous. CNA: A priest connected with the Vatican press office addressed Pope Francis’ recent words on civil unions in an interview, noting that his comments were general and did not imply a change in Church doctrine. “There have been numerous questions, calls … More →
Yes, and, apparently, these two New York state churches, named in the article linked below, will continue on with impunity. When you think it cannot get worse, think again. Anything goes except propagating the defined dogma “No salvation outside the Church,” the dogma that will put an end to the “disorientation” Sister Lucia spoke about. That includes abiding by and promoting all the defined teachings of the Church … More →
Phil Lawler: Catholic Culture: During a sacramental confession, a priest says something to which the penitent objects. The penitent lodges a complaint. The priest, bound by the seal of confession, cannot defend himself; he cannot say anything at all. If the angry penitent can find someone willing to listen to his complain, it becomes a one-sided argument. We don’t even know whether the priest actually said … More →
Obianuju Ekeocha for Catholic Online: Back in December, I wrote to inform my readers concerning the courageous MP’s of Uganda overwhelmingly voted for a bill to stop or at least keep at bay in their country the worldwide push of the LGBT propaganda. As a follow-up update on that, the Ugandan President Museveni has not yet signed that bill into law, no surprise there given the incredible amounts of pressure … More →
CNA: Reggie Littlejohn, known for her work opposing forced abortion and gendercide in China, has been named as one of “Inside the Vatican’s” “Top 10 People of 2013” for her heroic efforts in helping women. “This honor came as a complete shock to me. I did not even know that I was being considered for this,” Littlejohn told CNA in a Feb. 5 interview, adding that … More →
Father Leonard Feeney once remarked that certain Puritan sectaries refuse to pray the Hail Mary because the Catholic prayer has a bad word in it: womb. On the other hand, many of the Church’s most vociferous critics consider her to be obsessively strict — even fanatically so — on sexual matters. Puritanical (or Jansenistic) extremists on the one side, and libertines on the other, have … More →
A headline from two weeks ago in our home state reads New Hampshire House passes recreational marijuana bill. This is part of a widespread push to legalize the drug for more than medical use. Aside from the question of whether and how to criminalize the drug (a question of political prudence), a more fundamental question for Catholics is whether smoking the stuff “recreationally” — i.e., … More →
Brian McCall, The Remnant: One story that must not be swept under the rug is the brutal treatment of young Jahi McMath and her family. The story sounds unbelievable when revealed in all its gory detail. But we must not be like the well intentioned in Nazi-ruled Germany and simply dismiss the reports as unbelievable. Following conversations with members of the McMath’s life saving team and … More →
Vatican Insider: At today’s General Audience Pope Francis challenged authorities to make employment, “a source of dignity, everyone’s central concern.” He also condemned all forms of usury, calling it a “dramatic social evil.” As Francis greeted people in Italian at the end of the audience, he waved to a group of workers expressing the hope “that every effort be made possible by the competent bodies, … More →